Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPASierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A group of hop-heads and publicans challenged our Beer Camp brewers to push the extremes of whole-cone hop brewing. The result is this: a 100 IBU, whole-cone hurricane of flavor. Simply put —Hoptimum: the biggest whole-cone IPA we have ever produced. Aggressively hopped, dry-hopped, AND torpedoed with our exclusive new hop varieties for ultra-intense flavors and aromas.

Resinous "new-school" and exclusive hop varieties carry the bold and aromatic nose. The flavor follows the aroma with layers of aggressive hoppiness, featuring notes of grapefruit rind, rose, lilac, cedar, and tropical fruit—all culminating in a dry and lasting finish.

Our Brewers selected the finest, most flavorful hops, pushed them beyond their limits and forged them into this all-new triple IPA. This reimagined Hoptimum is our hoppiest beer yet, providing a blend of tropical and citrus hop aroma that delivers a refined yet aggressive character.

Bittering hops: Simcoe
Finishing hops: Citra, Chinook, Simcoe.

Added by kaseydad on 02-07-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,304
Reviews:
1,484
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
11.44%
 
 
Wants:
440
Gots:
1,208
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 6,304 |  Reviews: 1,484
Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of dank hops, melon, and grapefruit. Taste is very good! Since the ABV is 9.6% (2017) I was expecting a super bitter beer that would be a sipping beer. Definitely not that bitter tasting however it does have a strong warming alcohol taste that lingers in the back of your throat. Very drinkable despite the alcohol. An excellent triple IPA.

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Photo of bshefftz
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dsimenson
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jm_cook_52
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jlabs
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of glf60
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nolster
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DreDay
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Urk1127
2.57/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of aronamerican
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is quite the prodigious IPA. Reminiscent of a barleywine with regard to mouthfeel and taste. SRM in the low teens. Not a lot of head, though lacing is respectable. An agreeable drink for the end-of-the-week celebration.

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Photo of Nicolaiw
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with off white frothy head
Aroma is dank, sweet malt, oak, hops
Taste is oak, lots of sweet malt, bitter finish. A bit to sweet for my taste

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Timtac
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of beebs22
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nebula1999
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bushbeer75
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz brown bottle - bottled 4/19/16

Hoptimum Imperial IPA has a clear red gold body with fine carbonation rushing to the top of my tulip glass. Atop was a nice 1-1/2 finger white foamy and bubbly head that dissipated to a collar of foam with no lacing to speak of. The nose was clean and fresh. The smell was of grassy hops, grapefruit, pine and light fruit. The taste followed the nose with a lingering hop bitterness. The mouth feel was crisp, clean with a medium-body and almost a prickly carbonation.

Not being a 'hop head' this was my first venture into the Imperial IPA style. Hoptimum is not 'over-the-top', in bitterness as I was expecting. No, the Imperial IPA style is not my favorite, however, I enjoyed Hoptimum more than I anticipated I would.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Amber brown glass holds a solid half finger of tan head. Several carbonation streams keep it alive.

Aroma: Hop oils, hop leaves, sweet malty base with a little toffee, and more hops. Hops are mostly pine and citric with some earthy notes blended in.

Taste: Heavy malt base struggles to soak up all the hop acids and slowly loses the fight leaving a bitter, almost burning acidic finish. It's glorious, but it requires a bit of sadomasochistic love of intense hop goodness. The base is enjoyable but fleeting, just a thin toffee ribbon in raw hop juice.

Mouthfeel: Bit hot, medium body is a touch thin, oily texture requires a firm swallow, almost a chew. Bit numbing, gritty carbonation.

Overall: Big hop flavors, West coast goodness that I greatly enjoy. Not for everyone, if you are over your hop head days try something else, but if you are looking for a hop fix, this brings an embarrassment of riches.
Highly recommended.

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Photo of thisXwar
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drmeto
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L:
-pours a clear amber-orange with a big,frothy,sand-coloured head
-low carbonation visible
S:
-pine,resin,caramel,alcohol,cooked potatoes,strawberries,peach,herbs,plums
T:
-grapefruit,big pine,resin,grassy,honey,caramel,peach
-high,lingering bitterniss for the style
F:
-medium carbonation
-full body
-alcohol is very present
O:
This is unapologetically West Coast.
Big,Piney,resinous,malty.
Very good one.

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Photo of Kdubzz
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L- Pours a deep orange to almost amber color with an off white inch of head that lasts forever.

S- Overripe citrus fruits, blood orange, tangerine. Somewhat sickly sweet aroma that gets more intense as it warms.

T- About the same as the smell, but with a nice strong bitterness that lingers on the back of the tongue. Overripe blood orange, tangerine, and mandarin are heavy up front with a moderate malt sweetness in the middle finishing quite bitter.

F- Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Lower end of medium carbonation. Mild dryness.

O- It's a little over-sweet for me. That overripe fruit thing is so prevalent that it makes it somewhat one demensional. That being said, it's quite tropical and interesting and drinks easily for 10% and 100 IBU.
Good, but not quite great.

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Photo of Jeromedepot
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of clarknova
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just doesn't flavor my palate like a Bell's hopslam

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Photo of Hop-Dawwg
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 6,304 ratings.
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